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Surveillance critics face Obama in Oval Office

Posted: 08/02/2013 - Obama and Vice President Joe Biden joined lawmakers on both sides of the issue for an Oval Office meeting designed to stem the bleeding of public support and show Obama was serious about engaging.

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Senate approves Obama's nominee for UN ambassador

Posted: 08/02/2013 - Senators approved Samantha Power for the post by 87-10. The vote put the former Obama foreign policy adviser and outspoken human rights advocate into the job formerly held by Susan Rice.

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House to vote to repeal health law for 40th time

Posted: 08/02/2013 - House Republicans are scheduled to vote Friday on a bill that would prevent the Internal Revenue Service from enforcing or implementing any part of the law they call "Obamacare."

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Obama picks restructuring expert to take over IRS

Updated: 08/02/2013 - President Barack Obama is nominating a retired corporate restructuring expert to take over the Internal Revenue Service, which is under fire for its screening of political groups.

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Memorial services set for Lois DeBerry

Posted: 08/01/2013 - Donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or the Lois M. DeBerry Memorial Fund at the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

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US pursuit of leakers aided by Manning verdict

Posted: 07/31/2013 - The successful prosecution of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning gives a boost to the Obama administration's aggressive pursuit of people it believes have leaked national security secrets to the media.

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Pentagon to bear brunt of upcoming budget cuts

Posted: 07/31/2013 - Already reeling from a $34 billion budget blow this year due to deficit-driven spending reductions known as sequestration, the Defense Department would feel an additional $20 billion punch in 2014.

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Senate ready to confirm new NLRB members

Posted: 07/30/2013 - Senate leaders are hoping to push three of President Barack Obama's labor nominees through the chamber, a day after giving him the FBI director he wanted.

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US hosts Israel, Palestinians for peace talks

Posted: 07/30/2013 - Diplomats long have stressed the urgency of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, yet as a new round of Mideast peace talks begins, Secretary of State John Kerry thinks there are more reasons than ever to move quickly.

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State rules get tighter scrutiny

Posted: 07/29/2013 - Gov. Bill Haslam took office with a 45-day freeze on implementing any new government rules. Since that time, the administration is using less dramatic and less direct ways of affecting the bureaucratic regulatory process.

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US says Israeli-Palestinian talks to start Monday

Posted: 07/29/2013 - Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will resume long-stalled direct peace talks on Monday following six months of frenetic shuttle diplomacy by Secretary of State John Kerry.

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Treasury's Lew: Congress needs to pass debt limit

Posted: 07/29/2013 - Congress needs to raise the debt limit and take away the "cloud of uncertainty" about the nation's ability to pay its bills, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

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ReelzChannel to re-examine Kennedy killing

Posted: 07/29/2013 - "JFK: The Smoking Gun" is based on the work of retired Australian police Detective Colin McLaren and the book "Mortal Error: The Shot that Killed JFK" by Bonar Menninger.

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NBC to air Hillary Clinton miniseries

Posted: 07/29/2013 - The four-hour miniseries "Hillary," starring Diane Lane as the former first lady and secretary of state, is one such bid for distinctive programming, he said.

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Longtime Tenn. lawmaker Lois DeBerry passes away

Posted: 07/29/2013 - DeBerry was first elected in 1972. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, only two other female lawmakers elected that year are currently serving.

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